Week 8 Run 3b - In Which I Get Carried Away

So, my first attempt at W8R3 ground to a halt barely half way through in high humidity daytime weather in Shenzhen in the south of China. I'd finished the first and second runs of the week successfully, but at night. Now I have returned to the blissfully temperate climate of the Liverpool coastline, I was eager to see how a repeat of the run would go.

And, as predicted by more experienced friends, it felt much less difficult. My legs loosened up after about 4 minutes, I found myself holding a steady pace to the 28 minute mark (4.2 km ran) without major breathing or overheating discomfort. Very different to how even a night Week 8 run felt last week in Shenzhen, where the last 8 minutes was an exercise in escalating volumes of silent swearing.

So when I hit 28 minutes and got a "run completed" notification from my tracker app, I immediately punched "go again", without resting, and starting running the return trip. I expected to run out of gas after a short time, but somehow the crisis never happened. I kept going all 28 minutes to just short of my start point (I was a little slower - 4.1 km distance covered).

I'm paying for this over-enthusiasm now with a few more aches and soreness than usual, so I'll make sure I take two free days to rest up properly, and get back on the programme for Week 9.

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  • Nearly there now, sounds like it will be a breeze after Shenzen's heavy weather.

  • Well done - have a good rest and enjoy the next week travelling towards graduation.

  • Goodness.. go you! Well done on the run back in... double whammy. Take those days rest as you say!

    I think a few of us have ended up doing an extra bit after a set run, even unintentionally... in my case.. I usually forgot to turn around half way and ended up having to run back, before my husband sent out a search party. i did get lost once too :)

    You know what your body can do and are obviously well on the way to that badge!!!! I can see it gleaming!

    Welcome back to the UK and Autumn too :)

  • Lol, week 9 should be a breeze then! Graduation on the horizon.

  • Well done - brilliant and enjoy those rest days :-) Bring on W9!

  • Great almost there. Sounds amazing run. Don't overdo it and injure yourself.

  • Thanks all for the good advice, everyone. I knew it wasn't sensible doing so much extra distance, but it just felt so good! Definitely a great run.

    Thankfully no harm done, but I'll try to restrain myself a bit in the future. ;)

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